A Call For Logic: Politicians vs. Video Games. Does Gaming Violence Affect the Real World?
Gun control is no doubt a hot topic within today's political mindset, and we're barely two months into 2013. After the
However, many politicians and so-called researchers seem to be bent on ignoring the main issue, instead looking for other things to blame. Much like how Marilyn Manson and metal music was blamed for the Columbine shooting way back in 1999, video games have now found themselves under the scapegoating target reticule of those in the government and parents that just don't know how to raise their own children.
Already, politicians have been voicing their opinions on the issue, despite President Obama's decision that research would be done to determine the link between violent media and real world violence. The majority of these politicians are Republicans, such as Rep. Diane Franklin of Missouri, who proposed a sales tax on "violent video games", when in reality it was pretty much any game with an ESRB rating of T or higher, even if they didn't have any traces of strong violence. Democrats, however, have also shown similar levels of ignorance, such as
Still, there are others that don't really belong to either side but are still insistent on spouting the most ridiculous things to ever come out of a human being's mouth. This includes politicians such as repeated presidential election nominee Ralph Nader, who made a comment about video games fairly recently, calling people in the industry “electronic child molesters.” How the hell does that even make sense? Does he think video games have built-in shadowy, electronic limbs that reach out and grope children that play them or something?
Whichever example you want to look at, it seems pretty clear that politicians are just doing what they normally do: finding ways to watch their own asses, and find something else to place blame on instead of thinking rationally about things. If George Carlin was still alive today, he likely wouldn't hesitate to call every one of them out on their bullshit.
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